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Ending the year with lower popularity than Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak faces criticism and ridicule, positioning him as a beleaguered Prime Minister stumbling toward an almost inevitable final humiliation in 2024.

While the timing of this political fate remains within Sunak’s control, the dwindling belief among Conservative MPs that they can win the upcoming election adds to the challenges he faces.

Assailed by the internal factions of the Tory Party, often referred to as the preposterous mafiosi Five Families, and failing to meet four out of his five key tests related to waiting lists, economic growth, debt, and maritime issues, Sunak struggles to win over voters disenchanted with the Conservatives.

Despite being the wealthiest Prime Minister in modern history, he is increasingly perceived as one of the least effective.

The ongoing chaos is reflected in Sunak’s YouGov unfavorability score of minus 49, surpassing Johnson’s -46 immediately after the latter’s resignation due to the Partygate scandal. Labour’s Chris Bryant pointedly questioned Sunak’s record at Prime Minister’s Questions, highlighting controversies such as losing WhatsApp messages, an £11.8 billion fraud during his tenure as Chancellor, overseeing the largest fall in living standards in history, and desperately clinging to power amid growing unpopularity.

As the Conservative Party faces its sixth Downing Street disappointment in eight years, damage limitation becomes a priority. Ambitious Ministers eyeing a tarnished Tory crown after the anticipated defeat jostle for position, with figures like Penny Mordaunt, James Cleverly, Kemi Badenoch, Suella Braverman, Robert Jenrick, and Tom Tugendhat emerging as potential contenders.

Amid the internal strife, individuals within the party prioritize self-interest, symbolizing a collective abandonment of Sunak’s leadership.

However, attempts to minimize Labour’s expected majority may be futile until Sunak acknowledges that public concerns center around the economy and the dire state of the NHS, rather than the narrow focus of hardline Tory priorities such as immigration and Rwanda.

Meanwhile, Nigel Farage, the Thatcherite opportunist, lurks on the sidelines, poised to rejoin and capitalize on the Conservatives’ potential heavy losses. As Sunak prepares for his second Christmas in No 10, it is suggested that it may well be his last.

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